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Speech Therapy Team

The Speech and Language Therapy team aim to provide a patient-centred, safe and efficient service to patients who have speech, language and swallowing needs.

What is a Speech and Language Therapist?

Speech and Language Therapists (SLTs) are Allied Health Professionals who specialise in the assessment, management and provision of therapy to people with speech, language and/or swallowing difficulties.

SLTs see patients from birth to end of life, with a wide range of health conditions.

What do Speech and Language Therapists do?

  • Assess and manage swallowing and communication disorders in patients with neurological conditions, head & neck cancer and the elderly population, including people with dementia.
  • Give advice and support patients with communication and/or swallowing disorders to be involved in decisions about their care.
  • Provide in-patient communication and swallowing therapy.
  • Train Portsmouth Hospital staff to facilitate safer mealtimes and create appropriate referrals.
  • Maintain close links with community SLT services so that patients with swallowing difficulties can avoid hospital re: admission and reduce their length of hospital stay.

Who do we work with?

We work with patients with a wide range of medical conditions, including;

  • Stroke
  • Dementia
  • Progressive neurological conditions e.g. Parkinson’s Disease/Motor Neuron Disease
  • Other acute/chronic neurological conditions e.g. Hypoxic brain injuries
  • Respiratory conditions e.g. COPD, pneumonia
  • Cancer

How to contact us:

Acute Speech and Language Therapy Team:

023 9228 6147
Bleep: 1929
Please note, the Acute Speech and Language Therapy team require all referrals to be sent via the ICE system.
Emergency laryngectomy service:

Contact ward D8: 023 9228 6394 or the Acute Speech Therapy team (023 9228 6147)

Community SLT referrals can be made via the Solent single point of access on: 0300 300 2011.

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Last updated - 05 February 2019
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